Move Over Law to Protect More Than Officers

When you’re driving along the side of the road, most of you will slow down if you see flashing lights on the side of the road.  Most will stop for red or blue, but what would you do if you saw flashing yellow lights? Believe it or not, many drivers don’t know what to do when they approach an accident scene of law enforcement stopped at the side of the road.


According to the Sun-Sentinel, tow trucks with their lights on are emergency vehicles, which means that even if police aren’t on the scene, drivers still have to move over for tow trucks. If you’re busted not moving over, you could wind up with a fine of $160.  What’s worse that a ticket is that you could wind up killing an officer or another worker on the side of the road who is only trying to do their job.  .

Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that many drivers may not follow the state’s move over law, and that’s when we lose lives.  In 2012, officials with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) issued more than 8,000 move over citations.  And there were many more that were never busted, and many lives lost because of it.

This law was enacted back in 2002 after too many serious and fatal accidents, including one in which a Broward officer lost his legs while checking out an accident scene on the side of the road.    As you approach emergency vehicles you are required by law to move out of the lane closest to the emergency vehicle and slow down.

How The Move Over Law Works:

-When traveling on a two-lane roadway and there is not another lane for you to move into, you are required to slow down and travel 20 mph under the posted speed limit.

-When the posted speed limit is 20 mph, you’re required to pass at 5 mph.

-If you’re on an interstate and you can’t vacate the lane closet to the emergency lights, you are required to slow down and travel 20 mph under the posted speed limit.

-If you’re busted, you could be fined and run the risk of getting points on your driver’s license.

When traveling along our state’s roadways, it’s important to be on the lookout for all potential roadway dangers.  If you see flashing lights, move over.  If you spot a  broken down car on the side of the road, proceed with caution.  Accidents and mishaps happen, but it’s the actions of others that help to determine the outcomes of these accidents.  Remember that the person on the side of the road is someone’s friend, family member and/or coworker.  Proceed with caution.

If you or someone in your family has been involved in a traffic accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation. There is no fee unless we win.